Salvation Army continues to serves those impacted by winter storms at Cape Cod shelters and two Resource Recovery Centers
With power slow to return to coastal communities, Salvation Army partners with other organizations to meet continuing needs.
QUINCY, MA (March 15, 2018) – As the region continues to recover from two severe winter storms within a week, The Salvation Army continues to serve. Many coastal communities, especially in Cape Cod, still find themselves without power from last week’s Winter Storm Riley.
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service volunteers from across Massachusetts have been called upon to help with the response, which has included serving meals at shelters set up in impacted communities, supplying vouchers for families to replace lost food and furniture and providing emotional and spiritual care to people who never expected to need The Salvation Army’s help.
“Storms like we’ve experienced recently stretch our resources thin,” explains Chris Farrand, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army Massachusetts Division. “Shelters are open 24 hours a day and families need immediate help, especially if they are without power on nights when temperatures are hitting the freezing mark. We rely on trained staff and volunteers from across the Commonwealth to meet the need which is not going away.”
To date, The Salvation Army has provided the following assistance in response to Winter Storms Riley, Quinn and Skylar:
- 15 total shelters supported during response, including the organization’s Newburyport Corps Community Center which has been converted into a temporary shelter for approximately 30 days of this particularly harsh winter.
- 2,350 meals served
- 2,175 beverages served
- 3,265 snacks served
- 63 clean up kits including gloves and sanitizers
- 4 Mobile feeding canteens deployed to nine different locations
- 42 Officers/Staff/Volunteers involved in the response
- Emotional and Spiritual Care provided to 43 individuals
- 293 individuals and families provided grocery replacement and Family Store vouchers through Resource Recovery Centers in partnership with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency in Quincy and Marshfield totaling $23,850.00 in value.
Following the storms teams from the American Red Cross went door to door to assess needs. In reviewing the statistics of service, MEMA recognized that there was a disparity between the assessed need and the services rendered to date. They asked if the Red Cross and The Salvation Army would partner to re-open Resource Recovery Centers beginning Thursday evening in Peabody and at The Salvation Army Quincy Corps Community Center.
Salvation Army officials will be on hand at each location to provide ongoing support to families who have lost everything.
Captain Tim Ross shares, “We’ve spoken to people who have been Quincy residents for over 50 years. They thought they had seen it all—the Blizzard of ’78, the Perfect Storm. They’re telling us that this storm has been worse than anything they’ve seen.”
The Quincy Resource Recovery Center will be open at The Salvation Army, 6 Baxter Street, from 4-8pm on Thursday evening and then again from 11am-6pm on Saturday, March 17.
To help those impacted by the storm, text WINTER18 to 41444 to donate simply and securely from your mobile device.
About Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services
The Salvation Army is recognized by federal, state and local governments as an organization able to provide relief services to areas impacted by natural or man-made disasters within the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Response Framework. The Army operates in three phases when responding to a disaster.
PHASE 1 – EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: The Salvation Army ensures its own ability to respond quickly and efficiently to a disaster while working to educate other disaster professionals and the public at large about how to prepare for an emergency situation.
PHASE 2 – IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Salvation Army personnel and resources will congregate at pre-determined staging areas, entering the impacted area once government first-responders indicate that it is safe to do so.
PHASE 3 – LONG-TERM DISASTER RECOVERY: While continuing to provide immediate response services, the Army will often coordinate with government officials to develop and execute long-term strategic disaster recovery plans.
About The Salvation Army
Whether it is shelter for a displaced family or a warm cup of coffee for our brave first responders – hope and healing is the message of The Salvation Army. Since 1865, The Salvation Army has been providing social and spiritual services to communities throughout the world. People given purpose, hearts given hope and souls finding redemption – this has been our mission for more than a century.
With heart to God and hand to man, The Salvation Army – an international movement – is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.